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Ceiling Projects

Installing a built-up cornice

A built-up molding is a good way to create an elaborate ceiling molding without paying a small fortune for a custom made pieces. On this job, we started with a backer board that supports much of what comes later. We covered this with a soffit board and added a frieze under the soffit. Then a cornice was nailed between the frieze and soffit, and a fascia was nailed to the front of the soffit and backer. We finished up by installing a bed molding along the top edge and a cove molding along the bottom.


Ceiling - wood planking

In theory you can use any type of wood plank on a ceiling, including shiplap and other types that are normally used for exterior siding. But those materials generally are 3/4 inch thick, which is not only unnecessary on a ceiling but also a disadvantage due to the weight.


Ceiling - Building and using a deadman brace

Installing drywall is usually a two-person job. To have help carrying and lifting the panels makes the work a lot easier. But help is not al ways around when you need it. Fortunately, you can work alone with the help of two common devices. The first is a rented drywall lift that costs about $50 a day. With this hand-powered tool you can install panels on ceilings and walls by yourself.


Installing a ceiling medallion

Plastic ceiling medallions are lightweight, easy to install, and look exactly like traditional plaster medallions once they are painted. Medallions are available in different sizes and patterns. Some are even designed to allow a chandelier chain to fit through a center hole.


Framing a ceiling opening

There are several common reasons for cutting a hole in a ceiling. One is to change the location of an attic access hole to a more convenient spot. Another is to install a folding attic stairway. And still another is to install a whole fan. Although this job can seem intimidating, it usually boils down to just cut ting out a section of drywall and part of one joist. Headers are installed at both ends of the cut joist to support the weight. And the opening is framed in to fit the size required by whatís being installed.


Installing a false ceiling beam

False beams can be installed on a ceiling for A a number of different reasons. You may simply like the way they look. You may want to hide something like a plumbing pipe that is hanging below the ceiling. And you may want to disguise a particularly poor ceiling, instead of tearing it down and starting over. The beam itself is easy to make. just glue and nail three boards together. Installing it isnít much harder. Just attach a nailing board to the ceiling and hang the beam from this board.


Installing a suspended ceiling

Most suspended ceiling systems include four components. The first are the L-shaped metal edge strips that are installed on the perimeter of the room. The second are the T-shaped metal main runners that rest on the edge strips and are aligned perpendicular to the joists. The third are the metal crosspiece that are hooked between the main runners. And the fourth are the acoustical ceiling panels that are supported by the metal structure. A variety of designs are available for both the framework and the panels.


Installing a tin ceiling

Tin ceilings are making a comeback these days, about 100 years after their widespread popularity at the turn of the twentieth century. Many of the patterns available today are exact reproductions of original designs. These panels can be installed directly on the surface of a flat ceiling, if 3/8 in-thick plywood is installed first. But if the ceiling isnít flat, or if itís dam aged, install furring strips and shim them until they are flat. Then attach the tiles to the furring.


Installing a wood cornice

Adding a cornice molding to the joint between walls and ceilings is a good way to add a touch of elegance to a room without spending a lot of money or time. There are a number of different stock design profiles available at your local lumberyard or home center.


Installing a plastic cornice

Plastic (usually polystyrene) molding is a material choice that appeals to many do-it-yourselfers. It comes in a variety of shapes that mimic traditional plaster molding. These ďboardsĒ are very light, so they are easy to transport and install.


Installing a wood-paneled ceiling

Installing lightweight boards to a ceiling is not difficult work. But it can be time-consuming for a couple of reasons. First, nothing goes quickly when you are working over your head. Itís just an uncomfortable working position. And second, most boards are relatively narrow, only 3 or 4 inches wide, so it just takes a long time to cover a ceiling in such small increments. Because all the butt joints between boards must fall on a ceiling joist or rafter, itís a good idea to snap chalk lines that mark the location of these members before you start nailing boards in place.


Installing framing for a skylight

Adding a skylight to your roof and building the light shaft below it is a difficult job. The most nerve-racking part, of course, is cutting the hole in your roof and getting the window installed before it starts to rain (or snow). For this reason, first assemble all the materials and tools youíll need. Then wait for a good weather report for the next few days. Concentrate on cutting the hole and installing the window in one day. If you donít make it, cover the hole with a tarp for the night; then do everything you can to make the roof weather tight the next day.






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